Examining candidates and ministers
The stated clerk was asked by the 218th General Assembly (2008) to gather and to share with the whole church a sampling of the various presbytery processes of examining candidates and ministers. Having collected examination procedures and questions from a variety of presbyteries across the denomination, we believe that the church will find among the six presbyteries represented here a variety of possibilities that are constitutionally based while offering different levels of detail.
Ultimately each presbytery must craft its own process and questions for examining both candidates for ordained ministry and ministers for membership. Some of the chosen documents include a separate examination for suitability for the position, an aspect of the examination that should be included in each presbytery’s process.
It is important to note that while a presbytery may have a list of questions it asks of all incoming candidates and ministers, the examination process cannot require particular answers that are prescribed, and the process should allow for follow-up questions.
Sampling of presbytery processes of examining candidates and ministers